Wednesday, January 7, 2015

BBC - Anger over novel depicting Muslim-run France

The left is not happy over there that ideas and thoughts of what they consider fringe are now showing up in the mainstream.

The BBC's Hugh Schofield in Paris reports on the publication of a provocative new book which depicts France as an Islamicised country where universities are compelled to teach the Koran, women are made to wear the veil and polygamy is lawful.

In the year 2022, France has continued its slow collapse and a Muslim party leader takes over as the country's new president.

Women are encouraged to leave their jobs and unemployment falls. Crime evaporates in the banlieues. Veils become the norm and polygamy is authorised.

Universities are made to teach the Koran.

Anti-Islamic scare-mongering?

Torpid and decadent, the population reverts to its collaborationist instincts. It accepts the new Islamist France.

.....Critics of Mr Houellebecq say his novel lends intellectual credibility to the theses of Mr Zemmour and other "neo-reactionaries".

For Laurent Joffrin of the left-wing newspaper Liberation, Mr Houellebecq is "warming Marine Le Pen's seat at the Café Flore" - legendary haunt of the left-bank philosophers on the southern side of the river Seine.

"Whether or not it is the intention, the novel has a clear political resonance," wrote Mr Joffrin.

"Once the media furore has died down, the book will go down as a key moment in the history of ideas - when the theses of the far right made their entry - or re-entry - into great literature."

Others have gone further. Television presenter Ali Baddou said that "this book makes me sick... I felt insulted. The year kicks off with Islamophobia disseminated in the work of a great French novelist."

From the other side, supporters say Mr Houellebecq is addressing issues which the metropolitan and left-leaning elite pretend do not exist.

NY POST - Cop wounded in shootout not happy about de Blasio’s visit

Ouch. But he deserves the scorn.

One of the cops wounded in a wild Bronx shootout didn’t appreciate a hospital sympathy visit from Mayor Bill de Blasio, the wounded officer’s dad told The Post on Tuesday.

The mayor accompanied NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton to St. Barnabas Hospital overnight to see wounded plainclothes officers Andrew Dossi, 30, and Aliro Pellarano, 38.
Modal Trigger

“He wasn’t too happy about the mayor’s visit,” Dossi’s dad, Joe, told The Post at the family’s home in Rockland County.

“He (Dossi) deals with some crappy people every day and getting no support (from the mayor), come on. These are the guys in the trenches dealing with anything and everything.”

The mayor and rank-and-file cops have been at war since last month, after a Staten Island grand jury declined to indict a white police officer, whose chokehold contributed to the death of Eric Garner.

NY POST - Bill de Blasio is showing his disrespect

Before that press conference where he touted crime figures, you know some idiot aide told him to go after the #NYPD about turning their back on him at the funeral and he did with gusto. That later turned into a fiasco.

There’s an old saying that it’s “better to be lucky than good,” but what if you are unlucky and bad?

That would describe Mayor de Blasio, who in the span of a few hours went from defiant to deflated. He started out crowing and ended up eating crow.

The mayor emerged from hiding Monday to use the ­release of 2014 crime stats to heap more abuse on cops, saying a decline of 4.6 percent in major felonies meant he was right to demand both a “safe city” and a “fairer city.”

He also blasted officers for turning their backs on him at Sunday’s funeral for Officer Wenjian Liu, calling them “disrespectful” and saying “it defies a lot of what we all feel is the right and decent thing to do.”

Hours later, he was at a Bronx hospital visiting two ­undercover cops wounded in a late-night shootout with armed robbers.

Eurozone economy coming to a dead halt. This gunna be goood

EU going to have to do something because no action means the public will just not spend and wait for their governments to pay to get them out of this slow growth trend with money they don't have since the public isn't spending.

The eurozone economy saw anaemic growth in December and suffered its worst quarter for more than a year, a survey has indicated.

The closely watched Markit/CIPS composite purchasing managers' index (PMI) for December fell to 51.4 from an earlier estimate of 51.7.

But that was better than the previous month's reading of 51.1, which had marked a 16-month low.

The eurozone economy has seen 18 months of continuous, albeit weak growth.

Markit said its latest PMI survey, which combines the results of individual surveys of the construction, services and manufacturing industries, suggested the eurozone economy grew by just 0.1% in the last three months of 2014.

Persistently low inflation since the start of last year has led consumers and business to hold off making purchases or making investments in the expectation that prices will continue to fall.

The problem has been exacerbated since the summer by the falling price of oil. Brent crude has fallen by more than 50% since August to $51.54 per barrel.

Cheap gas idles auto plant where Obama will celebrate industry rebound

Good timing.... good timing.

On Wednesday, as he has done numerous times, President Obama is set to visit an auto assembly line to highlight the industry's rebound.
But there's a twist to this visit: The Ford plant in suburban Detroit is on an extended shutdown this week.

Why? Cheap gas has cut into demand for the fuel efficient cars the plant builds.

It's an industry-wide trend: The steady decline in gas prices has Americans flooding car dealerships to buy pickups, SUVs and crossovers models.

The plant Obama is set to visit, known as Michigan Assembly, employs about 5,000 people.

Temporary shutdowns during declines in demand are not uncommon for automakers. They don't want to create an excess supply of any one model, since that would cause car prices to fall.

In fact, the industry has gotten much better in recent years at keeping the supply of vehicles in line with demand, which is one of the reasons it's far more profitable.

Broward County to welcome Uber with lots of conditions

But to protect their yellow cab revenue, they are going to regulate it

Broward County plans to legalize the car-booking app company whose aggressive, law-flouting business approach is sparking controversies across the globe.

In a loss for the traditional taxi industry, a majority of commissioners Tuesday said they support rewriting taxi laws to allow companies like Uber and Lyft which, unlike cabs, have unlimited drivers and unlimited fares — some cheaper than cabs.

Many details are left to work out, and a vote is at least three months away. Broward commissioners said they don't like Uber's aggressive intrusion into the local market, and its refusal to follow county taxi laws. But they said they have to find a way to legalize the popular service.

"We're seeing a technology that is outpacing regulation,'' said Commissioner Beam Furr.

The new "transportation network companies'' connect riders with drivers via an app on smart phones. The drivers are private individuals driving personal vehicles.

TIME - The Everyday Sexism of Women Waiting in Public Toilet Lines

Its the mens fault you are a woman with different bio needs?

After counting the women, I tweeted, “Dear @britishmuseum there are FIFTY women and girls standing in line for the loo while the men’s room has zero line #everydaysexism.” Immediately, people responded with the suggestion that women use the men’s room. But even more responses were defensive, along the lines of “How on god’s green earth did you arrive at the conclusion that this was sexist?”

Let me count the ways.

Women need to use bathrooms more often and for longer periods of time because: we sit to urinate (urinals effectively double the space in men’s rooms), we menstruate, we are responsible for reproducing the species (which makes us pee more), we continue to have greater responsibility for children (who have to use bathrooms with us), and we breastfeed (frequently in grotty bathroom stalls). Additionally, women tend to wear more binding and cumbersome clothes, whereas men’s clothing provides significantly speedier access. But in a classic example of the difference between surface “equality” and genuine equity, many public restrooms continue to be facilities that are equal in physical space, while favoring men’s bodies, experiences, and needs.

Intel Budgets $300 Million to buy off/shut up #feminists for Diversity

Intel has been pushing "diversity" blah blah blah for years now and always touting it as per example from 2004. This latest example is them taking a small small amount of their budget and pledge to make their workforce more diverse by working with feminists groups which means someone is going to get screwed out of a job at intel because of quotas not merit.

My observation is this is just more of the same nonsense and some feminist groups get to line their pockets like Al Sharpton does with entertainment companies.

“This is the right time to make a bold statement,” Brian M. Krzanich, Intel’s chief executive, said in a phone interview. Mr. Krzanich announced the plans on Tuesday in a speech at the International CES, a huge trade show in Las Vegas. “It’s kind of Intel’s culture. We march by Moore’s Law. We say we’re going to reinvent Silicon every two years even though we don’t really know how we’re going to pull that off.”

Many of the largest technology companies have released reports showing that roughly 70 percent of their employees are men and 30 percent are women. Depending on the company, blacks account for anywhere from 2 to 7 percent of workers at big tech companies.

The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., who has led a campaign to pressure technology companies on diversity, said Intel was going beyond what others have done to remedy the imbalance in their work forces by setting more specific goals for hiring.

“There is no comparison,” said Mr. Jackson, the founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, who has spoken to Intel about its plans. “It is far beyond at this point. I think others are going to follow their lead.”

Intel’s goals, though, face the harsh reality described by many technology leaders: The supply of skilled workers from underrepresented groups, especially in technical fields like engineering, is limited.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Hilarious - Whiny Refugees protest rural Sweden relocation

How about Sweden just kicks you out, ungrateful idiots.

Some 40 asylum-seekers refused to leave the bus when they arrived at their destination in rural northern Sweden, demanding that they be taken back to Malmö or "some big city".

When the transport arrived at a housing centre in Grytan south of Östersund the asylum-seekers didn't like the look of what they saw.

"I am 75-years-old and come from the Middle East. Then I get sent to a place that looks like this," said a man from Syria to the local Östersunds-Posten daily, pointing to the icy road.

"It is dangerous for me to be here," he said.

The asylum-seekers, who originate from several countries, refused to leave the bus when it arrived at the small Swedish town. The police were called to assist at the scene but declined to help in escorting the group from the bus.

The group is demanding that they be returned to Malmö or some other bigger city.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Pope names 20 cardinals, emphasising non-Europeans

Business is booming in places other than Europe.

Pope Francis on Sunday named 20 new cardinals, a majority of them from Africa, Asia and Latin America, increasingly key areas as the Roman Catholic Church's support shifts from its traditional European stronghold.

Fifteen of the new cardinals -- considered "princes of the church" -- are under the age of 80, meaning they are eligible to join the conclave which will elect the pope's successor.

In announcing the new voting cardinals, Pope Francis said they come "from 14 countries from every continent (and) manifest the indissoluble links between the Church of Rome" and churches around the world.

The list of newly named cardinals includes three from Africa, five from Latin America as well as a combined total of five from Asia and the Pacific.

With the naming of Bishop Soane Patita Paini Mafi of Tonga, he becomes the first cardinal from the Polynesian archipelago. At 53, he will also be the youngest.

Idiot D.C. neighbors oppose preschool playground that they knew was already there

This is why I could live in a condo or in an area that attract hipster douchebags like this because it would drive me insane.

A preschool playground has become the subject of a heated dispute among neighbors in a condominium development in the District.

Some residents that share a building with AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School in Columbia Heights want to dismantle the school’s playground, which they say is located in common space, and replace it with something quieter and more appealing to the adults that live there.

AppleTree officials are fighting to keep it. They say their school is an anchor of the mixed-use, mixed income development that the city approved in the gentrifying neighborhood about a decade ago, and that the playground is an integral part of the school that was included in planning documents.

“The problem is that there are a few residents who don’t like the noise of children playing on the playground,” said Jack McCarthy the president and chief executive of AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation.

France's 75% 'supertax' quietly dies with few mourners

Great election fodder for the stupid but in the real world? Dead

Once a flagship policy of French President Francois Hollande, the 75-percent "supertax" on top earners limps into its final weeks this month having sparked plenty of controversy but few economic results.

It was no surprise that the policy, which expires on February 1, would be quietly dropped: it was only ever slated to last two years and the Socialist government has for months declared it would not be renewed.

The tax had also been watered down until it was barely a shadow of the "exceptional contribution to solidarity" proclaimed by Hollande when he came to power in 2012.

France's top court had declared as unconstitutional the original plan to levy the tax on all individuals earning one million euros ($1.2 million).

India arrests five for kidnap and rape of Japanese woman

India and its authorities need to get its shit together. At this point every country should put out a warning for any foreign female tourist to stay away from India.

Five men have been arrested in India charged with kidnapping and repeatedly raping a Japanese student.

Police in the eastern city of Calcutta say the assaults took place over a period of more than a month from 23 November and in at least two locations.

They say an organised gang is suspected of targeting single women tourists.

Increasing numbers of rape cases are being reported and highlighted in India, prompting widespread outrage.

Pallav Kanti Ghosh, a Calcutta police commissioner, told BBC Hindi that two of the men - said to be brothers - approached the 23-year-old victim as tourist guides after she arrived in the city and checked into a hotel in an area popular with foreign tourists.

Dumbass of the week award: Woman records, post on facebook her beating someone up.

Hood justice is not this stupid and to go back out to try defend these actions caught on video to a news station is even worse.

The 21-year-old woman filmed beating up an Ohio teen in a viscous attack outside a mall has played down the incident, saying she was just trying to put fear in the heart of the victim, who allegedly stole her car.

Police put out a warrant for the arrest of Cheyenne Fisher, 21, after a video of the Christmas Eve attack was uploaded to Facebook, showing a gang of six women assaulting Cheyanne Willis 19, whose hair was cut, had 'I got my a-- whopped' written on her forehead in eyeliner and slammed against the hood of a car.

However Fisher has now given an interview saying that Willis 'charged' at the group first in the suburban Cincinnati parking lot and that the subsequent fight 'was what it was'.

Fisher said she had loaned her car to Willis her Chevrolet Impala 'back and forth from work', but that Willis had not returned it for a month and was avoiding Fisher's texts.

'I didn't really punch her or anything - I just slapped her up and pretty much put fear in her heart,' Fisher told WCPO.

Two idiots sunbathed on Gravestones in the UK.

If you have a tiny sense of moral code in your brain, this is not a good idea.

Two women who were photographed sunbaking on top of gravestones at a cemetery has triggered an outrage on social media.

The holidaymakers were caught stripping down to their bikinis at Glenmaggie Cemetery in eastern Victoria just metres from Lake Glenmaggie as they casually relaxed under the sun.

Stunned residents and family members of the deceased have taken to Facebook to express their anger as they claim the pair's actions were disrespectful and disgusting.

Italy's second 'ghost ship' rescue of illegal immigrants show new tactics of smugglers.

Get a ship, get people to pay to get on it, put it on an auto course to an EU country and profit. They even wear masks on the ship till they get rescued and then miggle with the illegal immigrants as they get off.

Smugglers who bring migrants to Europe by sea appear to have adopted a new, more dangerous tactic: cramming hundreds of them onto a large cargo ship, setting it on an automated course to crash into the coast, and then abandoning the helm.

It happened twice this week in the span of three days, and both episodes could have ended in tragedy if the vessels had not been intercepted at sea.

In the latest such incident, the cargo ship Ezadeen was stopped with about 450 migrants aboard after smugglers sent it speeding toward the coast in rough seas with no one in command. Italian authorities lowered engineers and electricians onto the wave-tossed ship by helicopter to secure it, and the Icelandic Coast Guard towed it to the Italian port of Corigliano late Friday.

Children and pregnant women were among the migrants, most of whom were believed to be from war-ravaged Syria, Italian Coast Guard Cmdr. Filippo Marini said. The Sierra Leone-flagged ship apparently set sail from Turkey, he said.

Some of the migrants, most of them young men, watched wearily from the railings of the ship as they waited to disembark early Saturday. Several were wrapped in blankets against the freezing temperatures.

F.B.I. Employees With Ties Abroad See Security Bias... NOW They are doing this checking?

They should check everyone but if they have multiple foreign ties with families..etc.etc. I have no problem with it. The big concern is the FBI doesn't screw it up.

The F.B.I. is subjecting hundreds of its employees who were born overseas or have relatives or friends there to an aggressive internal surveillance program that started after Sept. 11, 2001, to prevent foreign spies from coercing newly hired linguists but that has been greatly expanded since then.

The program has drawn criticism from F.B.I. linguists, agents and other personnel with foreign language and cultural skills, and with ties abroad. They complain they are being discriminated against by a secretive “risk-management” plan that the agency uses to guard against espionage. This limits their assignments and stalls their careers, according to several employees and their lawyers.

Employees in the program — called the Post-Adjudication Risk Management plan, or PARM — face more frequent security interviews, polygraph tests, scrutiny of personal travel, and reviews of, in particular, electronic communications and files downloaded from databases.

Some of these employees, including Middle Eastern and Asian personnel who have been hired to fill crucial intelligence and counterterrorism needs, say they are being penalized for possessing the very skills and background that got them hired. They are notified about their inclusion in the program and the extra security requirements, but are not told precisely why they have been placed in it and apparently have no appeal or way out short of severing all ties with family and friends abroad.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

NYTIMES: The Economics (and Nostalgia) of Dead Malls of the lower/middle class

Upper class Malls are doing great, its the lower end ones that are now being added to the older ones that died off because of overbuilding. Malls today just suffer from sameness and overpriced goods. Nothing in a mall that you can't get cheaper in a Walmart or Online.

Premature obituaries for the shopping mall have been appearing since the late 1990s, but the reality today is more nuanced, reflecting broader trends remaking the American economy. With income inequality continuing to widen, high-end malls are thriving, even as stolid retail chains like Sears, Kmart and J. C. Penney falter, taking the middle- and working-class malls they anchored with them.

“It is very much a haves and have-nots situation,” said D. J. Busch, a senior analyst at Green Street. Affluent Americans “will keep going to Short Hills Mall in New Jersey or other properties aimed at the top 5 or 10 percent of consumers. But there’s been very little income growth in the belly of the economy.”

Germany says Greece leaves, screw them, we will manage.

I think this is the first hint that the EU(Germany) has had enough of Greece.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s administration sees a potential Greek exit from the euro area as manageable, Der Spiegel reported, citing unidentified government officials in Berlin.

Merkel and Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble both view the shared-currency area as capable of withstanding Greece’s departure, a scenario that would become almost unavoidable if a new government led by Syriza’s Alexis Tsipras were to renege on spending cuts and fail to service the country’s debt, according to the Hamburg-based magazine.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

American Taxpayers lost $16+ Billion Dollars from bailing out auto industry.

Thanks Obama.

The U.S. government lost $9.26 billion on the auto industry rescue, according to the final accounting released late Monday.

In its report, the U.S. Treasury Department said it recovered $70.43 billion of the $79.69 billion it gave to General Motors Corp., Chrysler LLC and auto lending arms Ally Financial Inc. and Chrysler Financial. The government was repaid through a combination of stock sales, partial loan repayments, dividends and interest payments.

The books are closed on the program because the Treasury, on Dec. 19, sold its final 11.4 percent stake in Ally, the Detroit-based auto lender and bank-holding company formerly known as GMAC. The bailouts began in December 2008 under President George W. Bush with $25 billion in aid to GM, Chrysler and their lending arms. President Barack Obama added about $55 billion to the total.

“We’ve now repaid taxpayers every dime and more of what my administration committed, and the American auto industry is on track for its strongest year since 2005,” Obama said at a press conference that day.

Under government accounting rules, the U.S. Treasury actually lost $16.56 billion on paper on the auto bailout. As tallied under those rules, taxpayers lost more because interest and dividends paid by borrowers — in this case, the automakers and finance companies — aren’t applied toward the principal owed.

De Blasio reappoints judge who freed men who threatened cops

Basically a big go fuck yourself to the NYPD.

Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered another blow to New York’s Finest on Wednesday when he reappointed a Brooklyn judge who freed without bail two men who threatened cops just days after the Bed-Stuy double police assassination.

The stunning decision came even as one of the suspects — a gang member charged with posting police death threats online — skipped a court date and had a warrant out for his arrest, sources said.

Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge Laura Johnson had faced a midnight expiration of her term. She was appointed by then-Mayor Mike Bloomberg in January 2013.
Her one-year, interim reappointment by de Blasio outraged law enforcement officials a day after he met with the heads of five police unions to heal his fractured relationship with cops.